Type: Lessons Learned
Publisher: Savannah River Remediation, Savannah River, SC
Published As: Public
Using a safety knife to cut a cable tie, a worker incorrectly cut towards his left arm drawing the safety knife across the forearm/wrist, above the cuff of his cut resistant glove. Examination revealed a shallow laceration. The safety design of the utility knife automatically withdrew most of the exposed blade into the handle in the split second before the knife contacted the employee's arm and dramatically lessened the extent of the injury. However, a site requirement on scissor use states that side cutters are required for cutting wire ties. This requirement was not well known or applied by the Construction organization which led to the allowance of safety knives for cutting/removing plastic cable ties. By applying this requirement, the elimination of the hazard would have prevented the injury altogether.
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